Category Archives: Diversion Programs

What is the Potential Outcome for a Possession of Marijuana Citation Less Than 10 Grams in Maryland?

What the actual outcome will be for a Possession of Marijuana Less Than 10 Grams citation varies depending on a number of factors, but there are many potential outcomes. Some of the most common are: 1. Nolle Prosequi / Charge dropped A skillful lawyer can put your case in a position to have the charge […]

What factors determine what will happen to my Possession of Less than 10 Grams Citation in Maryland? How can I get the best result?

What is the expected result for someone who has received a citation for possession of marijuana less than 10 grams in Maryland? Rarely does someone get the maximum penalty for this type of offense, but the result depends on a number of factors. 1. Having an Attorney v. Representing Yourself No doubt about it, having […]

What consequences do I face outside of the justice system if I am convicted of a crime?

If you have been charged with a crime, a conviction could impact your life negatively in many ways. A felony conviction is more limiting than a misdemeanor conviction, but any crime on your record can be harmful. Here are a few of the ways that a conviction could haunt you long after you have completed […]

What is an Expungement vs. Nolle Prosequi vs. Stet?

In Maryland, a criminal case can be closed either through a Nolle Prosequi or a Stet. What are the differences of those two? And what is an expungement? When does that take place? Expungement An expungement is the deletion and removal of all court and police records related to a defendant’s charges and case. This […]

Speeding 30 MPH Over the Limit in DC

Speed Greater than 30 Over the Speed Limit in Washington, DC Within the DC limits, believe it or not, it is a criminal misdemeanor to drive more than 30 mph over the speed limit. This is somewhat similar to the crime of reckless driving in Virginia, where simply driving over 20 mph over the limit […]

Maryland Theft and Shoplifting Laws

Theft Defined in Maryland In Maryland, theft is the willful use, concealment, or abandonment of property of another, without the owner’s consent. Maryland does not differentiate between someone who took the property and someone who received the property, so even the receiver of stolen goods can be charged with theft, provided they knew or should […]

Is Diversion Available for Possession of Non-Marijuana Drugs in Maryland?

Is drug diversion an option for first-time possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, ecstacy (MDMA), illegal possession of prescription drugs, etc.? Drug diversion programs can be hugely beneficial for first-time offenders who are alleged to possess small amounts of marijuana. These programs typically allow the accused to take drug education/treatment classes and have the charges against […]

Five Facts about the Stet Docket in Maryland

What happens to a case that is stet? What is the “Stet docket” in Maryland? What does the word “stet” even mean? These are questions defense attorneys hear often from clients in regards to their criminal or traffic cases. It’s a word and concept that is fairly unique to criminal and traffic cases. Sometimes a […]